Up Close with Nintendo’s Delightfully Collectible Amiibo FiguresNovember 29, 2014
For both new and longtime Nintendo fans, the companys all-new interactive Amiibo figures are likely to find broad appeal. Entering the fray alongside comparable efforts like Activisions Skylanders and , the Amiibo take full advantage of Nintendo’s expansive roster of characters to add both a collectible and a uniquely customizable dimension to compatible Nintendo console games.
Representing iconic franchises from across the Nintendo universe including Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, Starfox, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Brothers and others, the Amiibo boast detailed and colorfully finished sculpts that closely matches each characters likeness from the recently released Super Smash Bros. (WiiU) with which they’re compatible.
Nintendos Amiibo generally range in height from roughly 3 – 3.75 inches and vary in scale depending on the character. Given their lack of articulation, they’re more statues than action figures. The Amiibo are permanently moored to circular pedestals embellished with the Super Smash Bros. logo that facilitate display while enabling player-earned statistics, abilities, and level progression (up to 50) to be imported into compatible games via near field communication (NFC) with the Nintendo WiiU controller. Although the in-game and cross-game features are compelling, Nintendo fans will likely find the striking appearance of the displayable little statues captivating enough on their own.
The first group of Nintendo Amiibo figures hit store shelves in November with more figures on the way this December, and in 2015. Although the availability and price of individual Amiibo tends to vary based on the popularity of the character, interested video gamers with a penchant for collecting can snag the delectable figurines for the roughly $13 USD (list price) at retail.